Our Musical Community
Climate Challenge Fund - Community Consultation
In October 2017, we were successfully awarded a Development Grant from the Climate Challenge Fund. This helped us to develop ideas with people in the community who were passionate about access to musical instruments and equipment. We carried out 3 Community Consultations - at the New Hellfire Club, The Glad Cafe and the Queen's Park Govanhill Parish Church.
We learned that there is a real need for resources like this in the community and that there are a number of services and orgnaisations out there who would be able to help. The shared interest of improving access to musical instruments is also clear through our discussions around putting unused and unwanted instruments back in to use in new and innovative ways.
A Community survey was also developed and we captured the views of 123 individuals. From this, 100% of people thought that musical instruments and equipment should be shared in the community. It also helped us to determine what people would be willing to pay for our services, and think more about creating a sustainable model.
Joint Fundraiser + Instrument Donation Drive
On 23rd December 2017 we organised a joint fundraiser at the Queen's Park Govanhill Parish Church. We wanted to raise money for the local foodbank as well as encourage people in the community to donate musical instruments. This was our first proper event and as modest as it was had been a great experience for where we are now.
We arranged for live music, teas/coffees and cake (supplied by the wonderful Milk Cafe). We received 20 instrument donations and raised £334 which was split evenly between ourselves and the QPGPC Foodbank as well as collected in a number of food items for people who needed support.
Pass It On Week
Every year, Zero Waste Scotland run a campaign called #PassItOnWeek which encourages people to think about their unused or unwanted items and get them put back to use. In 2018, their chosen theme was musical instruments. And of course we had to get on board! Once we had partnered up with Zero Waste Scotland we agreed to act as the main coordinators in Glasgow for #PassItOnWeek. We set up a number of instrument donation drop off points across the city, promoted the campaign on BBC Radio Scotland, Sunny Govan Radio, CamGlen Radio, all major news papers as well as on STV Live at 5.
To get the community to engage more with #PassItOnWeek we organised a 9 day event at Good in Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow City Centre. The event hosted 30+ live performances from local musicians as well as beatboxers and break dancers. We had 29 volunteers help us out throughout the week and we invited 9 other organisations to share the space with us to promote what they do and engage with the public. There was a Instrument playing corner, music workshops, and Professional PA and technical support.
In total, we collected in over 100 instruments over the course of the week from all parts of Scotland.
Supporting local events
We want to raise awareness of what we do so that Music Broth can support as many individuals, bands and organisations as possible. In May we were invited along to the #Youth Mental Health Matters event in Paisley where we shared a space with lots of other amazing organisations doing great things for young people in the community. We also attended the Kirkmichael Gala Day in South Ayrshire and learned about what the level of need is in this area.
Mishwar Music - NGO, Lebanon
In November 2017 we received a request for assistance from the founder of a charity which supports the youth refugee community in Lebanon. They run a number of music based projects with the young people such as group activities, recording and selling their music for the purposes of generating funds to support themselves. Mishwar Music asked us for donations of percussion instruments to be used for a new project. In February 2018 we received donation of numerous percussion instruments, some of which were of african origin such as the Djembe, Urdu and Tongs. We also received bongos and larger drums like the floor tom.
When we received this donation, we passed on the news to Mishwar music and we arranged for the instruments to be sent to them over on Sunday 25th February, through a friend of the founder of Mishwar travelling out to Beirut that day and so he had agreed to courier the boxes and register as hand luggage. This was also possible because we are able to send this equipment under British Airways’ charity support. We are really proud that these instruments have benefitted 100 youth refugees who had recently escaped adversity and threat from ISIS.